We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe while we all navigate through this challenging time together. NVFS is grateful for the generous outpouring of support from caring community members like you who make it possible to continue providing essential services for families in need and respond to emerging needs as this crisis evolves.
We wanted to share two opportunities about ways you can lend a hand.
Hunger Resource Center Food Assistance The Hunger Resource Center in Manassas continues to provide food assistance to families in need every weekday. Dedicated staff and volunteers are there every day pre-packaging and distributing food, but more help is needed to ensure we can continue providing this vital service. Several measures have been implemented to maintain everyone’s health and safety, including limited person-to-person contact, to the best extent possible. Even just one volunteer shift helps. More information, including precautions to consider and how to sign-up can be found here.
Weekend Meals at the Shelter
Our SERVE campus family homeless shelter in Manassas also continues to operate at full capacity with just over 70 children and adults. We are dependent on the generosity of volunteer groups to provide weekend meals for shelter guests and have experienced some cancellations. Individuals and groups that are interesting in providing a meal can do all of the preparation in the comfort of their own home and drop off the meal in advance. Please contact Julie Martinez, email@example.com or 571.748.2674, for more information.
First and foremost we ask that you please prioritize your personal health and well-being – taking care of yourself and your family is most important. We really appreciate you considering these opportunities if you are in good health, aren’t considered high-risk, and don’t live with someone who is.
If aren’t able to come in-person, but still want to help, here are some other ways to get involved.
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